BlogPoll: 2/9/2009

Dylan Burkhardt

The CBS College Basketball Blog Poll debuts this week and I am taking part. This is the first time I have ever participated in any kind of top 25 voting so I wouldn’t be surprised if my ballot is sub-par. Luckily I can submit a revised ballot on Wednesday after I hear your feedback.

I’m supposed to explain some sort of voting philosophy about how I ranked the teams. I clearly can’t watch every team play but I do watch an unhealthy amount of college basketball. If there is a team that I have seen before and liked their game, I probably gave them a little boost. Otherwise I just looked up and down the list of various computer rankings and started throwing them into the list. Overall I don’t have much of a philosophy in place right now, I am open to suggestions there as well.

The results of the entire poll will be posted on sometime Monday afternoon.

Rank Team
1 Connecticut
2 North Carolina
3 Oklahoma
4 Pittsburgh
5 Duke
6 Michigan St.
7 Memphis
9 Villanova
10 Louisville
11 Wake Forest
12 Marquette
13 Xavier
14 Butler
15 Clemson
16 Arizona St.
17 Ohio St.
18 Utah St.
19 Missouri
20 Kansas
21 Gonzaga
22 Purdue
23 Florida St.
24 Minnesota
25 Illinois

If you were wondering, I do realize that Utah State is probably ranked way too high (they have played no one). I had thrown them in there at the back but after I realized how many teams lost I ended up moving them up too much.

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  • BL11

    Seems about right to me. Obviously no two people have the same top 25 and thats fine.
    I don’t think Utah St is too high. The reason being that rankings in bball dont influence the chance to win a championship like they do in football. For that reason, Utah St having one loss could be ranked in the top 5 if you want. In the end they are still going to make the tourny and probably be out before the sweet 16.

  • Seems like I am in the same boat as you. I’ve never paid that much attention to the entire top 25, but I have a hard time believing this many teams lose in the average week. After about the top 16 or so I had a hard time finding anyone that deserved to be ranked.

  • Avery Queen

    Can’t argue with top 5. Pitt/UCONN games should be good. Not sure about MSU just cause of Northwestern and PSU. I like Memphis high especially after that Gonzaga game. I like UCLA up there too.

    Little surprised by OSU I personally would switch them with Illinois. Am interested in why you “like” them there.

    Lastly I know Texas has had a rough stretch but I’d look for them to come around.

  • Beast1530

    I dunno about MSU being ranked at #6. They’re solid but not elite.

  • Gary

    Two quibbles:
    – OSU is too high
    – there is no such thing as an unhealthy amount of college basketball!